March to the beat of your own drum…
Put a little spring back into your skin: Winter months can leave your skin dry and flaky. Here’s how to fight back!
Skin is naturally drier at this time of year owing to the combined effect of cold air outdoors and dry, centrally heated warm air indoors. Water evaporates rapidly from the skin’s surface, which stops cells from exfoliating properly — and they build up in unsightly clumps, leading to the dreaded flaking. Although genetics and age play a part in the our skin’s condition, there are ways of stopping it from getting scaly:
CHANGE YOUR DIET
What you put into your body can vastly improve the condition of the skin. Eating healthy fats such as avocados, oily fish, nuts and seeds, which all provide an excellent balance of essential fats Omega 6 and Omega 3. Sipping between 1.5 and 2 liters of water throughout the day and After all, there’s only one difference between a grape and a raisin — and that’s water.
DITCH THE SOAP
Use a soap-free cleanser such as Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel. If the skin is really scaly, then use an exfoliating cleanser that contains alpha hydroxy acids.
The formula of an oil allows it to penetrate deeper into the skin than a moisturizer and hydrate for longer, especially if applied to skin that is still damp. Try Dermalogica’s Phyto Replenish Oil.
HUMIDIFY THE AIR
Dry skin is due to a combination of issues, including temperature-controlled indoor spaces. Adding moisture to your room can make a big difference in how you look and feel. Try a humidifier or you can place bowls of water near radiators, wood stoves and air conditioning units.